Category Archives: Idaho

Killed – Larry R. Miller (Filer, ID)

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KBOI) – A Twin Falls man is behind bars for his role in the shooting death of a Filer man, 58-year-old Larry R. Miller.

According to the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office, 23-year-old Bradley S. James faces first degree murder charges.

Deputies say Miller was shot and killed Thursday evening in his Filer home.

TWIN FALLS — A south-central Idaho judge entered a not guilty plea for a 22-year-old Twin Falls man charged with first-degree murder.

The Times-News reports that 5th District Judge Richard Bevan entered the plea on behalf of Bradley Frank James after James on Friday opted not to enter a plea.

Twenty-three-year-old Bradly Frank James is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of 58-year-old Larry R. Miller in Filer. Prosecutors say Miller died Dec. 12 after he was shot in the face and stabbed 25 times.

FILER • Bradly F. James, 23, of Twin Falls was arrested late Saturday night, charged with first degree murder, after allegedly shooting and killing 58-year-old Larry R. Miller of Filer Thursday night, said Lori Stewart, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s spokeswoman.

A call came in around 6:20 p.m. Thursday alerting law enforcement that an adult, white male was bleeding in downtown Filer, Stewart said.

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Twin-Falls-man-arrested-in-Filer-shooting-idaho-news-235947431.html

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/12092601/

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/idaho-prisons-director-takes-leave-grandson-charged-with-murder-in/article_58b1ca1e-a974-11e3-a5a0-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/03/idaho_prisons_director_takes_l.html

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/arrest-made-in-filer-shooting-death/article_56e69a46-65d8-11e3-b24f-001a4bcf887a.html

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/update-filer-shooting-victim-identified-no-arrest/article_d94c292a-63b6-11e3-82f4-0019bb2963f4.html

Killed – Charles Patrick McMichael (Moscow, ID)

Charles Patrick McMichael

A Moscow man was shot multiple times at a mobile home park Sunday and later died at a hospital, and police arrested his alleged killer.

Nathaniel H. Nisbet, 28, of Moscow was arrested for first-degree murder and booked into Latah County Jail, Moscow Police Chief David Duke said.

Nisbet allegedly shot Charles Patrick McMichael, 42, multiple times in the chest shortly before 1 p.m. at the Bel Air Mobile Home Park, 1751 North Polk Extension. McMichael died at Gritman Medical Center.

According to the preliminary investigation, McMichael went to the trailer of Nisbet’s estranged girlfriend to help her change the locks, Duke said. He and the woman found the trailer door locked and barricaded, and McMichael forced the door open.

Nisbet was inside, a disturbance ensued and shots were fired, Duke said.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/nov/10/man-dead-another-custody-moscow-shooting/

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Moscow-man-arrested-first-degree-murder-charles-mcmichael-idaho-news-231389431.html

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/42-year-old-man-Moscow-man-shot-killed-after-argument-police-say-231490001.html

http://www.kxly.com/news/north-idaho-news/moscow-man-murdered-in-trailer-park-quarrel/22905278

http://dnews.com/breaking_news/police-arrest-one-in-connection-to-moscow-homicide/article_dec532fe-4a82-11e3-bcd9-0019bb30f31a.html

http://dnews.com/obituaries/charles-patrick-pat-mcmichael-of-moscow/article_fce2a68d-4c94-5d7e-a08b-cf0cb36e99df.html

http://dnews.com/obituaries/charles-patrick-pat-mcmichael-of-moscow/image_6037ae31-5f35-50da-bf52-a0f7dfe21129.html

https://www.facebook.com/patmcmichaelmemorialfund

Killed – Male Teen – Ryan J. Willes (Burley, ID)

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BURLEY — A 16-year-old boy died at a west Cassia County home Saturday night after he was accidentally shot in the neck, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Jay Heward said Sunday that Ryan J. Willes, of Burley was shot while people at the home were cleaning their guns. The group had apparently been out shooting earlier in the day, Heward said.

Willes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene at 9:11 p.m.

BURLEY • Teenage horseplay resulted in the Nov. 2 shooting death of 16-year-old Ryan J. Willes, according to police documents released Friday.

Willes and his friends were cleaning their firearms after a day of hunting when one of the boys picked up a Benelli 12-gauge shotgun, unaware it was loaded, and pulled the trigger, investigators concluded.

“He was opening and closing the pump action and then pointed it up and pulled the trigger,” wrote Cassia County Sheriff’s Detective Dan Renz of the 14-year-old shooter, whose name was removed from the investigation reports released Friday because he’s a minor facing no criminal charges.

The slug struck Willes’ throat, killing him, in what prosecutors have deemed an accidental shooting. No charges will be filed in the case, officials announced on Thursday.

“We went over it carefully and we found no intent. It was just a tragic accident,” said Cassia County Prosecutor Al Barrus.

The owners of the home where the six boys were cleaning the guns were at a church meeting when Willes was killed, according to the police reports. They rushed home, found Willes’ body slumped against the basement wall and laid Willes on his back and blessed him before emergency responders arrived.

Investigators concluded that no malice was involved in Willes’ death.

“Everybody was good buddies and nobody had been arguing or fighting,” said Detective Jason Rogers in his report. “There was no alcohol, drugs or prescription pills being used. Everybody was in their right mind.”

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Cassia County authorities say no charges will be filed in the recent shooting death of a 16-year-old Burley boy.

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/12030817/

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/gun-play-caused-burley-teen-s-death/article_da0d8836-38d5-5c32-b445-85a821771771.html

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Teen-dies-in-accidental-shooting-during-hunting-trip-230512421.html

http://magicvalley.com/thevoice/news/burley-students-wear-blue-for-teen-killed-in-accidental-shooting/article_9e7721e2-4b60-11e3-8d6e-001a4bcf887a.html

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/mini-cassia/no-charges-in-shooting-death-of-burley-teen/article_60c410a9-1b6c-5ab7-8c56-fff79339f73e.html

http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/burley-teen-dies-in-accidental-shooting/article_030e499a-45fe-11e3-9f51-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.minicassia.com/news/local/article_d63ce0a6-47d4-11e3-aedc-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kivitv/news/No-charges-in-accidental-shooting-death-in-Burley-233034091.

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/fatal-shooting-accidental-teen-death-under-investigation-in-cassia-county/article_2b7350bc-44d0-11e3-9941-0019bb2963f4.html

http://magicvalley.com/news/local/fatal-shooting-accidental-teen-death-under-investigation-in-cassia-county/article_2b7350bc-44d0-11e3-9941-0019bb2963f4.html

Murder/Suicide – Killed – Michelle Gutierrez (Mountain Home, ID)

Michelle Gutierrez

Two Mountain Home residents were killed in an apparent murder-suicide reported on Sunday.
Elmore County Sheriff’s Department detectives identified the victim in the homicide as Michelle G. Gutierrez, 42, a long-time resident of Mountain Home.

The suspect in the killing was identified as Jaye M. Houtcooper, 49, of Mountain Home.

Deputies responded to reports of a possible shooting at 3725 McCoy Lane south of Mountain Home around 8 p.m. Sunday and found both victims inside the residence. According to Chief Deputy Mike Barclay from the sheriff’s department, family members reported the shootings.

An investigation by detectives indicated a relationship problem started Saturday night and Gutierrez was trying to leave the residence Sunday evening. The investigation determined that Houtcooper shot and killed Gutierrez before he turned the gun on himself.

http://www.mountainhomenews.com/story/1997338.html

http://www.idahopress.com/members/two-people-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide-in-mountain-home/article_0e8bc52c-0ed6-11e3-a36a-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Two-dead-in-murder-suicide-in-Mountain-Home-221183321.html

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/11978557/

http://newsradio1310.com/mt-home-police-find-murder-suicide/

http://www.mountainhomenews.com/story/1998273.html

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary-preview.aspx?n=michelle-gutierrez&pid=166647645&referrer=1525

http://www.mountainhomenews.com/story/1998272.html

http://www.pipestonestar.com/Stories/Story.cfm?SID=44384

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/argusleader/obituary.aspx?pid=166796509

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Jaye Houtcooper (Mountain Home, ID)

Jaye Houtcooper

Two Mountain Home residents were killed in an apparent murder-suicide reported on Sunday.
Elmore County Sheriff’s Department detectives identified the victim in the homicide as Michelle G. Gutierrez, 42, a long-time resident of Mountain Home.

The suspect in the killing was identified as Jaye M. Houtcooper, 49, of Mountain Home.

Deputies responded to reports of a possible shooting at 3725 McCoy Lane south of Mountain Home around 8 p.m. Sunday and found both victims inside the residence. According to Chief Deputy Mike Barclay from the sheriff’s department, family members reported the shootings.

An investigation by detectives indicated a relationship problem started Saturday night and Gutierrez was trying to leave the residence Sunday evening. The investigation determined that Houtcooper shot and killed Gutierrez before he turned the gun on himself.

http://www.mountainhomenews.com/story/1997338.html

http://www.idahopress.com/members/two-people-dead-in-apparent-murder-suicide-in-mountain-home/article_0e8bc52c-0ed6-11e3-a36a-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Two-dead-in-murder-suicide-in-Mountain-Home-221183321.html

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/11978557/

http://newsradio1310.com/mt-home-police-find-murder-suicide/

http://www.mountainhomenews.com/story/1998273.html

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary-preview.aspx?n=michelle-gutierrez&pid=166647645&referrer=1525

http://www.mountainhomenews.com/story/1998272.html

http://www.pipestonestar.com/Stories/Story.cfm?SID=44384

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/argusleader/obituary.aspx?pid=166796509

Killed – Eric Byron Johnston (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

Eric Byron Johnston

COEUR d’ALENE — The details of a fatal police shooting from August came into sharp focus Wednesday.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department released the body camera video from officer Spencer Mortensen’s shooting of 35-year-old Dalton Gardens resident Eric B. Johnston on the morning of Aug. 25, 2013.

Special prosecutor Louis Marshall of Bonner County declined to prosecute Mortensen. Marshall found Mortensen’s “conduct was within the parameters of the laws of the state of Idaho,” according to a Nov. 29 letter he sent to Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh.

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_e66c8196-7e68-11e3-a97e-001a4bcf887a.html

http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/07/02/11978315/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/video-police-officers-opens-fire-madman-commit-suicide-article-1.1581541

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/26/man-shot-killed-cda-police-identified/

http://www.cdapress.com/obituaries/article_3e7b8ada-0f8d-11e3-bdbb-0019bb2963f4.html

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Eric-Byron-Johnston-96333070

http://www.englishfuneralchapel.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1071690

Killed – James Lee DiMaggio (Cascade, ID)

James Lee DiMaggio

A massive manhunt that spanned 1,000 miles ended in gunfire in the Idaho wild late Saturday afternoon — shots that ended the life of the family friend who was suspected of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and killing her mother and brother.

The teenager was rescued near Morehead Lake, Idaho, where an FBI tactical agent killed her alleged kidnapper, James DiMaggio, around 5:20 p.m (7:20 p.m. ET), authorities said.

On or about the afternoon of August 3, 2013,[1] 16-year-old Hannah Anderson (born July 22, 1997)[2][3] was abducted after cheerleading practice from Sweetwater High School in National City, California.[4] The suspect was later identified by authorities as 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, owner of a home in Boulevard, California, about an hour away, where Anderson, her mother Christina and brother Ethan had been overnight guests the previous evening.[5][6] The bodies of Christina and Ethan Anderson and the family dog, Cali, were later found in DiMaggio’s burned home. An AMBER alert was issued for Anderson, who was found alive in Cascade, Idaho on August 10, a week after she was abducted. DiMaggio was killed by FBI agents during a shootout at the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho, where he had been camping with Hannah Anderson.[7]

Boulevard murders
James DiMaggio had invited Christina Anderson and her children to his home at 2071 Ross Avenue in Boulevard, ostensibly to say goodbye because he was planning to move to Texas.[8] The Anderson family, who lived about 45 miles (72 km) away in Lakeside, stayed over at his home.[9] The children’s father, Brett Anderson, was on a three-month job in Tennessee at the time.[10]

On August 4, a fire was reported at DiMaggio’s house in Boulevard, where firemen found the bodies of Hannah Anderson’s mother, Christina, her 8-year-old brother Ethan and the family dog, Cali.[11][12] Christina Anderson died of blunt force trauma, believed to have been caused by a crowbar. She was apparently tortured, and her body covered with a tarp. Cali was shot dead and covered with a sleeping bag.[13] An arrest warrant was issued for DiMaggio.[14]

In late September 2013, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office released results of the autopsies of Christine and Ethan Anderson. The autopsy of Christine Anderson found that a plastic cable tie had been used to bind her ankles, and that duct tape was wrapped around her neck and mouth. Her right arm and both legs were fractured, and there was a cut on her neck. She had been struck at least twelve times in the head. The autopsy of Ethan Anderson determined that the boy died because of the fire, though he also had skeletal fractures that could have been caused by events the day of the murders.[15]

Abduction reported
On August 4, 2013, Anderson’s grandparents called the police and reported their grandchildren missing, prompting police to issue a statewide AMBER Alert,[16] the first alert sent out to cellphones in California.[17] As the child’s body found in the burned-out home was burned beyond recognition, the AMBER Alert included both Hannah and Ethan Anderson. The manhunt stretched from British Columbia, Canada to Baja California, Mexico.[18][19]

Sightings in Idaho
On August 8, two people meeting the description of DiMaggio and Anderson were seen by horseback riders in Cascade, Idaho.[20] The next day, authorities were notified of this sighting after the riders watched a news report about the abduction.[21][22]
Shooting and rescue[edit]

According to Hannah Anderson, DiMaggio, while they were fugitives, had threatened to kill her and anyone who tried to rescue her.[23] On the same day that the sightings were reported, DiMaggio’s car, a blue Nissan Versa, was discovered near the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The car’s license plates had been removed and brush was used to hide the vehicle.[16] On August 10, police discovered DiMaggio’s campsite and an FBI tactical agent killed DiMaggio near Morehead Lake around 5 pm.[16] DiMaggio fired at least one shot at the officers, causing the officers to fire back and kill him.[24] DiMaggio was shot at least five times: in the head, arms, and upper torso.[13] Anderson had no visible injuries, but was taken to a local hospital for crisis counseling.[25] Afterwards, when asked if she was glad DiMaggio was dead, Anderson responded, “Absolutely”.[26]

Suspect
James Lee DiMaggio (January 17, 1973 – August 10, 2013),[5] age 40, was a telecommunications technician in San Diego.[20] According to a friend of DiMaggio, his father, James Everet DiMaggio, died exactly 15 years to the day before his son. The friend said the elder DiMaggio, who was accused of attempting in 1988 to kidnap the 16-year-old daughter of an ex-girlfriend, committed suicide in August 1998. However, public records indicate his suicide was on August 10, 1995.[27]

DiMaggio was said to be the best friend of Christina’s husband, Brett Anderson, and like an uncle to the children.[28] He had helped them with various tasks, such as driving Hannah and a friend from a gymnastics meet,[29] during which he had unnerved her by saying he would like to date her, if they were the same age.[29] During a trip to Los Angeles with Anderson, DiMaggio also complained she “wasn’t paying enough attention to him.”[29] Anderson’s friends said she did not like being alone with him and was “creeped out” by his comments on the drive from the meet.[29][30]

DiMaggio listed Brett Anderson’s mother as beneficiary to his life insurance in 2011, while he lived with her. He intended the $112,000 for the children, but did not trust their parents to handle it.[11] This revelation prompted members of DiMaggio’s family to request a paternity test to determine if he fathered the Anderson children. Brett called the suggestion “disgusting” and an Anderson family spokeswoman said DiMaggio had not met Christina till she was six months pregnant with Hannah.[31] The DiMaggio family later withdrew their request for DNA testing.[32]

According to released warrants, DiMaggio received letters from Hannah Anderson which were found in his home by investigators, and exchanged over a dozen calls with her before the murders occurred.[33] However, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said Anderson was “a victim in every sense of the word” and did not willingly go with DiMaggio. Investigators do not suspect any complicity on her part.[34] Gore also suggested that authorities may never be able to fully determine the reason for DiMaggio’s crime rampage.[17]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidnapping_of_Hannah_Anderson

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/10/justice/california-amber-alert/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-kidnapping-suspect-killed-by-fbi-hannah-anderson-in-good-shape-20130810-story.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/11/local/la-me-ln-james-dimaggio-seen-fortifying-hideout-before-fbi-killed-him-20130811

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/10/local/la-me-ln-hannah-anderson-after-dramatic-idaho-rescue-teen-doing-ok-20130810

http://www.latimes.com/topic/crime-law-justice/crime/james-lee-dimaggio-PEOCVC000312-topic.html

http://www.baltimoresun.com/topic/crime-law-justice/crime/james-lee-dimaggio-PEOCVC000312-topic.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/car-belonging-man-suspected-kidnapping-california-teen-found-idaho-article-1.1423155

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/riders-kidnap-suspect-missing-teen-didn-fit-article-1.1424270

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2389292/Father-James-DiMaggio-killed-16-year-old-crush-18-years-ago-day-DiMaggio-shot-dead-FBI.html

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/search_targets_rugged_iowa_terrain_for_murder_suspect_james_lee_dimaggio_and_gir.html